Nobody likes the defense? Salei, Hannan, Liles, foote, possibly a young guy like Shattenkirk? Nothing? Where would you place that defense in a 30 team league?
How about Hejduk, Smyth and Stastny? Where would you place that line in a 30 team league?
I'm not saying they are a playoff team 100% but I think they are closer than people think. Remember the only difference from their playoff finish 2 years ago and their 28th place finish this season is Peter Forsberg, Jose Theodore and health. Even the season they finished in 8th in the west they had a ton of injuries.
DENVER POST: reports the Colorado Avalanche have re-signed goaltender Peter Budaj to a one-year, $1.25 million contract. The Avalanche are still awaiting word from Swedish goalie Jonas Gustavsson but if they're unable to sign him will look toward this summer's UFA market.